Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
May 19, 2019 Subject:
A true classic
This is supposed to be one of Orson Welles' favorite films.
He must have had it in mind when he struggled to create his own remarkable film, It's All True.
From the beginning of Nanook of the North, one feels the bitter pain of knowing Nanook's fate, even as he and his family struggle, with courage and humor, against the harsh Arctic elements.
The film is riveting from first to last: whether the topic is about slaying a seal, building a window for an igloo, or even simply falling asleep in the sub-zero temperature of the eskimos' wind-whipped wasteland.
March 19, 2016 Subject:
Thanks. This landmark documentary has special meaning for me. Robert Flaherty's daughter Frances was a personal friend.